In a tweet sent on Tuesday, Tom Van Damme, the president of the UCI Road Commission, described the new competition as "an unacceptable idea" that goes against current measures to improve the safety of professional cycling.
Van Damme also approached Giro d'Italia organisers RCS Sport to ask them to drop the new classification, with the plans for the new prize being abandoned on Wednesday.
The new ‘Pirelli Premio Miglior Discesista’ prize would have seen €500 awarded to the quickest rider down each of 10 downhill sectors over the course of the three week race. The overall fastest rider down all 10 sectors would also have pocketed €5,000.
However the competition, which is sponsored by tyre manufacturer Pirelli, had been criticised by many riders, with some condemning the prize as "life-threatening", particularly in the light of the recent death of 21-year-old American rider Chad Young following a crash in the Tour of the Gila.
The 2017 Giro d’Italia starts in Sardinia on Friday, May 5, and concludes three weeks later in Milan on Sunday, May 28.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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